It may surprise you to learn that there are many words and phrases relating to the world of shutters. In fact, you could call it ‘shutter language’. Here is a handy glossary of all words and terms related to shutters to ensure you are up to speed.
Panel – This is the core part of the shutter, and it is rectangular and hinged. They either contain movable or solid slats depending on the shutter’s design.
Mouse Hole – This is an indent in the rails, and the push rod lies here if the slats are closed.
Frame – A shutter frame holds the shutter panels, and this is attached to the window to allow the panels to sit right.
Slats/louvres – These are the rotating and tilting horizontal parts that can be adjusted to let light in or provide privacy. The size and style of slats/louvres vary according to the shutter design and setting.
Rail – Shutters can have a top, middle and bottom rail. A mid-rail provides strength to the shutters and allows the top and bottom louvres to move separately.
Tilt Rods – This includes central tilt rods, clearview tilt rods, offset tilt rods and invisible tilt rods. These are all types of rods that help control the louvres.
Stiles – These vertical rails are placed on both sides of the panel.
64mm, 76mm, 89mm and 114mm – These are the popular slat sizes, all with their own benefits. Discuss your requirements with a shutter specialist, such as Long Island Shutters, to determine the ideal size for your setting.
Hidden split – If shutters are very tall (1300mm or more), they will need a split in the mid-rail to ensure the louvres open and close seamlessly.
Tier on Tier Shutters – These shutters cover the entire window space. They can be opened at the top or the bottom individually or both together, providing a stable appearance and allowing the user to adjust the level of privacy required.
Solid Shutters – Perhaps the most traditional shutter type, these can be partially or completely solid.
Café Shutters – Shutters that cover the bottom half of the window, providing adequate light and privacy.
Full Height Shutters – Shutters covering the whole window, offering a subtle yet stylish look. These open as one piece.
Contact Long Island Shutters to find out more about our bespoke shutter range on 01992 524 888.